Love Does 2

Saturday, May 2
Chapter 2: Sniper Fire
(pg 10)

Quote of the Day:

“There’s nothing wrong with being typical, I guess, but there is nothing fundamentally right about it either. I’ve never read in Genesis that God created “typical” and called it good. Instead, I think men who were bored made up typical and called it, if not good, at least acceptable. People who follow Jesus, though, are no longer typical – God is constantly inviting them into a life that moves away from typical. Even if they have normal jobs, live in normal houses, and drive normal cars, they’re just not the same anymore.” – Love Does by Bob Goff, pg 15

Scripture Reference:

Today’s reading makes me think of standing out – being the salt of the earth, the light of the world, a city on a hill! Anything but typical.

Matthew 5: 13-16 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Putting Love into Action (from the Love Does Study Guide):

This part is taken from a small group study guide that I ordered to go along with our book. I wanted to be able to use questions and discussion here on our blog. No one needs to have this study guide – I just want to be sure that I give credit as to where the text is coming from.

Maybe there was a time when following Jesus was exciting and vibrant, but now things have started to grow stale…One of the reasons our life with God gets stagnant is because we stop taking Jesus’ invitation to live risky, courageous lives. We stop trying to do the things Jesus calls us to because they seem too scary…Love Does is going to provide a platform for you to be fully alive, to take risks, and get involved in bringing heaven to earth. Are you ready? Well, actually, that doesn’t matter. Let’s just jump in with both feet. And if you need to scream…all the better! – Love Does Study Guide, pg 15

Questions/Discussion:

Let’s leave typical behind! What’s one area in your walk with God that you want to grow in, take more risks and start bringing heaven to earth?

If I could describe my expectations for this study in one word, that word would be ________________.

Post comments below for today’s questions/discussion. I can’t wait to hear your answers!

~Starr

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15 thoughts on “Love Does 2

  1. I’ll start us out!

    One area that I want to grow in and be less typical is witnessing and reaching out to people that don’t have a relationship with Jesus. Growing up in the church and ministry, I’ve felt that a lot of my life has been spent with people who already know Jesus. I want to get outside of that box and venture into being more comfortable telling those who don’t know Him why He’s so great!

    My expectations for this study in 1 word: extraordinary.

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  2. My one word is courage. That is in line with what I want to get out of this study. I want to have courage to step out in faith to learn different ways to show the love of Jesus. This is hard for me because I spend most of my waking hours at work and as a manager I have to be very careful about what I say about religion. The rest of my time outside work is spent with people of like faith. To branch out and take courageous steps to look for opportunities to share the good news is probably my most difficult challenge and the one for which I have the most regrets. God is able to give me courage. I usually recognize the opportunities when my chance to speak up has already passed. I need for God to prick my mind when the chance is right in front of me!

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    1. This is so very much in line with what I want to get out of this too, mom! I do know that God has been using you in very special ways on your job and for whatever reason He has decided to keep you in that place when many others have gone. You have a mission field everyday and are impacting people right where you are! Love you!!

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  3. One area I want to grow in… wow. Knowledge of His word. I know that sounds strange. But I didn’t grow up in a church family. Church was what you did when you went to Grandma’s for the weekend. Church was what you did at some holidays. When I found Christianity I was an adult with three small children. And even then I was only around true Christians for a short amount of time (one of those was one of my “Randys”). I craved learning more. But didn’t know how. After my fourth child was born, …

    Okay this is getting a little long.

    As those that know me know, I love to be involved. I love doing. But sometimes it is to the point that I am doing so much I feel like I am missing the learning more. And if I am, then can I be the witness He needs me to be? (Rhetorical question)

    My one word… knowledge. But specifically in His word.

    What do I hope to get from this study? Learnin more about how others do this.and how to be uncomfortable in the learning and living.

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    1. This is such a great perspective, Melissa! I have felt very similar to you from the aspect of being involved and doing too much to learn what I need to help myself. Asking God to reveal to us that balance and put us where we should be!

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  4. I guess my one word would be aware. I want to be constantly aware of every opportunity to express love in every situation that I am in. There are many days that I don’t leave the house (sometimes for the entire week except Sunday’s!) and I want to teach active love within the walls of our house to our 6 kids. I heard a quote yesterday “If you will spend your life bringing out the best in people, you will always have a ministry.” I like to add: bringing out the best in people and operating out of love! We all have a ministry and it is in our daily lives and a lot of times we don’t see it…… Therefore I want to be aware, aware of my daily opportunities!

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    1. Becca – I’m so glad that you are with us. You are such an inspiration to me and I’m looking forward to what you will add to this study and to everyone around you!

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  5. Love… I want to learn to love more, the people Jesus would have loved. I want to not get agitated and upset with the people that irritate me, the ones that NEED me to love them because they have no one else.

    I expect to be more uncomfortable in this study, but I am ready. Let’s jump together!

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  6. I want to be able to be a witness and show God’s love. I have an unsaved husband and I want him to see a huge change in me and be like I want that too!

    I hope to get courage out of this to know what to say and how to say that Jesus loves you no matter what you’ve done or who you are.

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  7. Where to start on what I would like out of this study……. I feel I have high expectations for this study.

    – I am wanting to have the courage to wow complete strangers with Jesus’s love.
    – Let friends, family and co-workers see that I am striving to be more like Jesus continually.
    – Make more of an impact on our church family.
    – Give more to random people.
    – Help people who are struggling financially as we are able to.

    The list goes on and on. To say the least, I am loving this book so far.

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  8. I would like to grow by parenting my children with more grace than with frustration, stress and irritability. I think about how Jesus taught and disciplined (and still does) and it’s always with love and grace. Even though Christ taught and disciplined with love and grace, it doesn’t mean it didn’t hurt or wasn’t uncomfortable. I want to parent with that same love and grace.

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